Friday, October 1, 2010

Media Spotlight—Watercolor 2010


Deb Festa—Watercolor

Deb Festa

When asked to share a shortcut or tip, Deb replied, “A shortcut for me would be painting from my photos that I have taken over the years. I don’t paint from memory. I sometimes use many photos for one painting. When I am painting flowers, I have fresh flowers from out of my garden or from farmers market that I look at while I am painting. I can use one flower to paint a whole painting, by moving the flower in different directions.

Deb’s favorite master of all times is Michelangelo, “The David, Pieta and the Sistine Chapel are so moving. The energy that is felt when you step into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is amazing. I have been very blessed to visit Italy and stand next to these beautiful creations.”

When asked where she likes to paint, Deb shared that she generally paints in her studio in Los Osos, California. “My studio has six windows, which give me perfect light. It is as if I were painting outside.” Deb also stated that for her, “painting is a very spiritual experience” – as a result, Deb prefers to paint alone and in total quiet.

Deb’s favorite brushes are not watercolor brushes but acrylic brushes that she uses for both Watercolor and Acrylic painting.

Deb teaches aspiring artists and gives watercolor and acrylic painting demonstrations to local groups.

Rainbow Flowers © Deb Festa
Out Exploring © Deb Festa



Nina Litvinoff—Watercolor

Nina Litvinoff

Nina Litvinoff studied art at a very early age with her father. Both could be seen sketching and painting on the Morro Bay Embarcadero, or other coastal areas, with Nina’s mother by their side. Nina later graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and obtained a credential to teach art from CSUN. Nina sketches, paints with oil, acrylic or watercolor.

A native of the Central Coast, Nina enjoys sketching subject matter on the spot, in the open air. Nina likes to sketch scenes that evoke fantasy and the whimsical in her very detailed works of ships, Coastal scenes with peaceful bays, otters and seals basking in the sun with their pups in tangles of seaweed, boats moored and Victorian homes, to mention a few.

Nina enjoys commissioned paintings, sketches or other assignments utilizing fantasy and her imagination.

Hummingbirds © Nina Litvinoff



Hope Myers—Watercolor
   
Hope Myers

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist’s Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

In California, Hope has extended her fine arts studies through academic classes at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, and professional workshops with Robert Reynolds, Helmuth Wegner, Kolan Peterson, Tom Lynch, and others.

Hope creates full detailed watercolor paintings, utilizing many washes of paint to emanate bold, rich color. Hope is noted for her imaginative and colorful depictions of animals, from her quail series, to the floral and local Central Coast, scenes.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty
of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives

Untitled© Hope Myers
Sunflowers© Hope Myers



Ardella Swanberg—Watercolor
  
Ardella Swanberg

Of all the media I have studied, I love watercolor best. I started using watercolor when I was a freshman in high school and the art teacher told the class, “Well, it takes twenty years to become proficient with watercolor.” I thought at that moment, “I better get started!” Watercolor intrigues me because of the brightness of the colors and the way they mix on the paper which is an entirely different effect from any other medium. In the time since I graduated from college, I have experimented with print making, oil painting, and weaving but I always come back to watercolor. I was astounded when I took my first watercolor workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I had been painting all my life but never knew anything about quality paper and paint. It is amazing how much better you paint when you buy fine quality supplies. Now, I am careful to select the most permanent paints, the most stable paper and archival matting and framing.

Scottie’s Castle © Ardella Swanberg
Arial © Ardella Swanberg



Susan Wood—Watercolor
   
Susan Wood

I grew up in Italy and New York City with artist parents, and graduated from the Boston University School of Fine Arts with classical training in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Seven years ago I settled in Morro Bay after spending almost a year traveling in Europe and across the United States. I opened up my life to new creativity after many years of work and raising a family. Although I majored in sculpture, I found a new delight in watercolors, inspired by the beauty of the Central Coast.

My watercolors are of local scenes and done outside, on location. I try to capture the energy and the essence of the setting, rather than be exactingly realistic. Working outside has its challenges—wind, temperature, light, and the tide are constantly changing. I feel my most successful paintings have a quality of spontaneity and freshness that watercolor is so suitable for.

Estero Bluffs © Susan Wood
Bluffs © Susan Wood

Monday, September 6, 2010

Media Spotlight—Jewelry Artists 2010


Looking for a gift for that special someone? Gallery at Marina Square has several Artists that hand make the most unique jewelry on the Central Coast! Check out our Crafts & Gifts page for more images.

Rod Baker—Jewelry

Rod Baker, blowing glass

Rod Baker grew up on the Central Coast as a surfer and sailor. He is influenced by the tide pools and rich marine environment.

A wood craftsman by trade, he began with stained glass 30 years ago, later discovering the art of fusing. His love for glass brought him to Cal Poly located in San Luis Obispo, California, where he studied glass blowing.

The colors and themes of his glass reflect the natural environments of the sea.

His skills include, glass fusing, torch worked marbles and jewelry, created in his Los Osos studio. All hand blown glass is done at his gallery in Florence Oregon. Each unique piece is individually hand crafted.

Pendants © Rod Baker
Pendants © Rod Baker



Sandy Christey—Jewelry

Sandy Christey, wearing “healing” turquoise 

Sandy conveys that turquoise is a very powerful physical healing stone it also gives self confidence and promotes endurance.

Artist Sandy Christey believes in the healing properties of art and nature. Sandy has been actively involved in pursuing her creativity, all her life. Her work has been shown in several galleries, the orange County Fair, and art shows throughout California. Sandy's art has been collected by people around the world. Sandy is an Registered Nurse and creates her healing art jewelry by utilizing semi precious stones which are thought to have healing properties. She also will use pendants from around the world.

Sandy conducts healing art workshops at her studio and gets her inspiration from the beauty she sees around her.

Purity © Sandy Christey
Chalcedony is the stone of purity and
concentration on the essential
Out of Africa © Sandy Christey
Beads are made of carved bone.



Deb Festa—Jewelry

Deb Festa

Everyone wants to know why I started making rosaries. So here goes-- last year I took a trip back to Italy to visit our cousins. I wanted to bring them all (27 cousins) a gift that didn’t take up a lot of room in my suitcase, so I decided to learn to make rosaries. I started to make them months before the trip. I really got hooked on making them. Friends would come to visit me and loved the rosaries, because they were different. I had a lot of sales right on the spot from my friends who wanted to give them as gifts.

I have always loved the feel of real stones. My family’s hobby when I was a little girl was rock hounding. We took many trips to the desert and different place to hunt for rocks. I learned at a young age just how the earth give us beautiful gifts in stones. That is why I try to make most of my rosaries out of semi-precious stones.

Some stones that I use are agate, amethyst, aventurine, aquamarine, blood stone, acarnelian, chrsocolla, coral, fluorite, garnet, gold stone, labradorite, howlite, jasper, lapis, malachite, obsidian, onyx, pearls, rhodonite, shells, sodalite, tigereye, turquoise, quartz and unakite to name a few.

After I had such a good response about my rosaries, I then started selling them in the gallery. Since I am Catholic and I do say the Rosary, I made myself one for every day of the week. When I was a small child, before I became Catholic I always wanted my own Rosary beads, because my cousins were Catholic and they had rosary beads. The beads were so beautiful. So there you have it, forty years later I started to make rosaries. You never know when a seed is planted in your head.

Rosaries © Deb Festa



Debbie McCrigler—Jewelry

Debbie McCrigler earned her Bachelor of Science Degree, in Dietetics and Food Administration, at California Polytechnic State University, located in San Luis Obispo, California.

Debbie has been interested in sewing since the age of 9, as her mother was a seamstress. Debbie began making many different items of clothing to include her own patterns. By the age of 17, Debbie was selling her fabric dolls.

Debbie worked for “Premavision,” in the 2004 Christmas production of “Davey and Goliath.”

Today, Debbie makes many wonderful things with her fabrics, to include dolls, animals, wearable art and more.

Pendant © Debbie McCrigler
Pendant © Debbie McCrigler



Hope Myers—Jewelry

Hope Myers

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist's Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

Hope creates full detailed watercolor paintings, utilizing many washes of paint to emanate bold, rich color. Hope is noted for her imaginative and colorful depictions of animals, from her quail series, to the floral and local Central Coast, scenes.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.

Necklace & Earrings © Hope Myers
Necklace & Earrings © Hope Myers

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Media Spotlight—Oil Painters 2010


Galen Griswold—Oil Painting

Galen Griswold

“Plein-Air and painting oils on a choice location is what I love to do best. ” A quick work up of abstract shapes in acrylic enable me to get a feeling and focus for the subject matter and the energy of the environs. I then go back in with oils Moving around the canvas placing detail while embellishing the scene that confronts and intrigues me. It is a real passionate and energetic engagement for me. Oil seems to flow, surprises emerge between the mixing of color and the application of the paint to the canvas. In dialogue with the tension between the under painting and layers of application in oil, I move to a finished product. I sometimes to do accent touch-up back in the studio a day or two later. I love to mix the oils right on the canvas at times. Sensing a scene and surfacing possibility comes with ease in oil. I like the fluidity, the surprises and the mixing of the paint. I seek to capture the energy and the movement within nature.

Holister from Sky West © Galen Griswold
Morro Bay Rocks © Galen Griswold



Patricia Newton
—Oil Painting

Patricia Newton

Fueled by curiosity and imagination, Patricia Newton has always been intrigued by the essence of light, luminous color, expression of a face, warm gentle breezes, the smell of citrus or salty air.

Patricia was influenced by the professional artists and their work, of family members while growing up.

Patricia’s style is representational, utilizing a glazing technique by brushing on several thin layers of oil paint that lend a translucent effect and emanate light to her subjects. Her use of color and dimension are reflective of realism.

An award winning artist, Patricia feels that in the end, it is not how well you paint or the number of accolades you gain, but how much you have grown as a result. Moreover, that the gift of creative spirit is celebrated and shared.

Patricia has painted in oil for approximately 30 years and resides on the Central Coast of California.

Sunrise Over Morro Rock © Patricia Newton
The Romance of Morro Rock © Patricia Newton




Nona Jane Siragusa—Oil Painting

Nona Jane Siragusa

Plein-air artist, Nona Jane Siragusa’s landscape and seascape paintings capture the clear and intense light of the Central Coast. Among California’s Impressionist-inspired painters, Nona Jane is trained to paint “en plein-air” or out-of-doors. Taking advantage of the bright light and warm climate, she seeks to catch the fleeting moments of specific natural light as it bathes the surrounding landscapes and seascapes. Nona Jane believes that the biblical analogy of light as the creative instrument is appropriate to the land and ocean of the Central Coast—for without that unique light and the divine energy it represents, the land would not exist. Nona Jane Siragusa lives in Morro Bay and paints her Central Coast landscapes and seascapes in oils on canvas. She also makes giclées of her work on canvas and archival paper.

Back Bay © Nona Jane Siragusa
Morro Bay Afternoon © Nona Jane Siragusa


Ardella Swanberg—Oil Painting

Ardella Swanberg

Of all the media I have studied, I love watercolor best. I started using watercolor when I was a freshman in high school and the art teacher told the class, “Well, it takes twenty years to become proficient with watercolor.” I thought at that moment, “I better get started”!

Recently, I have expanded my media to include oils and acrylics. They are wonderful. I love not having to “save my lights.” I also love the viscosity of oil paint and the immediate gratification of acrylics. To me painting is painting and the medium doesn’t matter as long as I can put paint on a surface in an interesting design.

I paint because I have to. Some people have to write, build things, repair cars, surf, run or garden. I have to create paintings. So as long as I am doing it, I try to do it well.

Checking the Surf © Ardella Swanberg
Spring Coast © Ardella Swanberg

Monday, February 1, 2010

Media Spotlight—Photography Based Media 2010

  

Nona Jane Siragusa—Photo Montage and Collage

Angels Unaware © Nona Jane Siragusa

I feel with all my heart that Angels move among us on earth. I draw and paint them because I feel their presence and I want to share this experience with others. Angels encourage us along in life by their will and intellect. They make direct interviews to rescue, guard and comfort all of humanity. Angels provide valuable service through the will of God and they are the most beautiful expressions of His concern for all of His creations. The very presence of an Angel is a communication from God saying, "I am here. I am present in your life."

Angel of Prayer © Nona Jane Siragusa
Grigori Angel © Nona Jane Siragusa

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Media Spotlight—Acrylic Painters 2010


Every month or so, Gallery at Marina Square, highlights a group of artists, working in a particular type of medium. This month we are highlighting the Acrylic painters: Jeanne Bauer, Deb Festa, Galen Griswold, Deborah Kyle Hintergardt, Gilmer Alvarez Maluyao, Hope Myers and Ardella Swanberg.



Deb Festa—Acrylic Painting

Deb Festa

Deb Festa loves bright colors! One of the reasons she likes to paint with acrylic, is that she can get bright, beautiful colors. “You can pile on the layers with acrylic and get a completely different look than watercolors. I like to paint with acrylics on canvas, paper, wood boxes and rocks.” Deb explains that if she makes a mistake with acrylic, she can paint over it and start over if necessary. Deb also likes acrylic as she can exhibit her large paintings outside during trade shows events.

Colors of the Bay © Deb Festa



Galen Griswold—Acrylic Painting

Vineyard Road © Galen Griswold

The Dean of Galen’s graduate school suggested that along with a professional career one must find a connection with culture. For Galen, painting became that connection.

Galen studied at Alameda College and San Francisco Art Institute.

His art has emerged through experimentation and a deep appreciation for the work of others.

Galen loves acrylic painting with its quick drying properties and the freedom to splash on the color. He paints with rapid brush strokes that fly across the canvas. Galen loves the environment before him as the energy, color and light resonate from within.

As the paint flows, the canvas begins to tell its own story.

Montana De Oro © Galen Griswold
Dancing Wave © Galen Griswold



Deborah Kyle Hintergardt—Acrylic Painting

Deborah Kyle Hintergardt

Deborah Hintergardt loves to paint with acrylic paint. She loves that it is clean, neat, quick drying, durable, non toxic and the colors are absolutely vibrant. Deborah explains that she can pile on the paint thick or skim it on thin. She can layer it fairly quickly and if not quickly enough as she claims to be quite impatient, can pull out her trusty blow dryer to get the job done! She especially enjoys painting in acrylic on wood panel, you will see nothing but luscious paint and juicy brushstrokes, no dull, dry, canvas weave. A quick application of gloss varnish brings a sparkle and a luster to her paintings and they literally seem to come to life.

Whisper © Deborah Hintergardt
Carizzo Sheds © Deborah Hintergardt



Hope Myers—Acrylic Painting

Hope Myers

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her “An Artist’s Garden” studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

In California, Hope has extended her fine arts studies through academic classes at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, and professional workshops with Robert Reynolds, Helmuth Wegner, Kolan Peterson, Tom Lynch, and others.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty
of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.

Morro Rock © Hope Myers
Morro Bay © Hope Myers



Ardella Swanberg—Acrylic Painting

© Ardella Swanberg

Ardella Swanberg discovered two years ago that acrylic paints have change dramatically since she was forced to use them in a college class at the University of Minnesota in 1963. Ardella started using acrylics when she was hired to teach a class in oils and acrylics for Cuesta College in Cambria. They are absolutely wonderful. Almost as much fun as watercolor. She loves to paint plein air but also paints in the studio. A majority of her paintings are landscapes but she enjoys painting people and even abstracts too. To Ardella the important thing is not the media that you use—oil, acrylic or watercolor, but how you design the painting and the energy you put into it.

© Ardella Swanberg
© Ardella Swanberg